Friday, September 22, 2017

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

This Wednesday we held our final assembly for the term. Our theme was one of celebration which was an opportunity for us to award certificates and acknowledge contribution. In the spirit of celebrating excellence, I have included some of the assembly slides so that we can publicly recognise and reward these achievements.


Congratulation to our Netball Club on their successful fundraising venture, stocktaking at The Warehouse. This is a superb example of a successful community partnership. We thank The Warehouse and our helpers from the wider community for their support with this project.

To end your week on a positive note, can I recommend you view this little video used as part of this weeks liturgy.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Hostel Happenings

Boys trip to Dunedin
Last Sunday a large group of boys went to Dunedin for the day. A great day was had by all with a visit to Leap World and Laser Strike. A big thank you to Stefan , Joe and Jordie for taking the boys down.  The girls are heading down this weekend for their trip.

Sporting Success
Congratulations to Jack Andrew of Year 11 for being selected to attend a NZ Basketball Under 17
training camp in October. A great effort and all here at the hostel wish you all the best.

Hostel Amalgamation
This week a large group of girls were taken on a tour of the boys hostel and Redcastle to get their opinions and thoughts on amalgamating the girls hostel onto the boys hostel site. There was a great deal of positive feedback given by the girls. This feedback will be integrated into the plan that is being developed to share with our parent community.

Girls Hostel Got Talent
Last night the girls and staff put on a talent show at the girl hostel and this was a great occasion and everybody had a great time.

Senior Exams
These are are on all week next week. Students will be required to attend tutorials at school when they do not have an exam. These mock exams are very important for students as they prepare for exams at the end of the year.

Woolf Fisher Scholarship

The College extends its congratulations to Old Boy Oliver Hailes (Head Boy in 2010) who has been awarded a Woolf Fisher Scholarship, valued at $300,000 over three years, to study at Cambridge University.  Having completed an Otago law and arts degree, he currently works as a judges clerk at the Court of Appeal in Wellington, and next year will work at the corporate law firm Chapman Tripp.  Oliver will then head to the UK where he will study towards a master of law degree and then a PhD.  Oliver has a keen interest in economic, social and environmental issues faced by governing institutions and this will be one of the areas on which he will focus during his study.   It is fantastic to see our past pupils doing amazing things!!

Sir Woolf Fisher (1912-1975), co-founder of Fisher and Paykel, established a trust in 1960 to recognise and reward excellence in education.

Commedia Dell'Arte

The Y11 Drama assessment Commedia dell'Arte had an air of authenticity about it as they performed in the historic precinct at the rear entrance to the Criterion Hotel this morning.  Tourists wandered past, stopping on occasion to watch, and the students' performance provided an entertaining entrance to the artisan street.

Thank you to Sue Cameron Duncan and the Criterion for letting us use this great performing space!

Hostel's Got Talent

The Girls Hostel took a break from study last night for a bit of fun with Girls' Hostel Got Talent.   Under the scrutiny of the Y13 judges even the staff got into the spirit of things!  Well done team!!

Events Quiz Fun

The SKC Social Studies team traveled to Timaru for the Central South Island Current Events Quiz yesterday afternoon.  While we didn't bring home the trophy it was an intense and competitive competition enjoyed by all.  A pit stop at McDonalds was an idea shared by a few schools from the competition! Congratulations to the winners, Mt Hutt College.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

National Talent Development Camps

Jack Andrew and Duran Cooper have been 'spotted' and invited to attend the U17 and U15 (respectively) Boys South National Talent Development Camps.  The focus of the development programme at all levels is to introduce participants to the preparation, performance and evaluation required at a national level, offering them a stepping stone towards a chance to compete at pinnacle events.  This is an awesome achievement boys!!!  Congratulations!

Primary ITO Trades Academy Success

As a Primary ITO Trades Academy School our students are offered the very best in practical agricultural and horticultural training thanks to a unique partnership with members of our rural community.   This week our students congratulated Briar Swanson who is one of only three recipients of a very sought after farming Cadetship at Coleridge Downs Station for 2018.  She will live and work at the station for two years and receive ongoing training about all aspects of farm management.  Fantastic news Briar!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Taking On Dunedin

The hostel boys took a trip to Dunedin during the weekend.  Laser Strike took up the morning and they spent the afternoon wearing off some energy at Leap World.  Thank you to Steffan Souness for the photos (although he was too busy having fun at Laser Strike to capture that part of the day!!)


Monday, September 18, 2017

Aoraki Downhill Mountain Biking

Alex Milne in action
The Aoraki Secondary Schools Downhill Mountain Biking event was held recently with Finn Sillibourne, Tony McCone, Nathan Cundall, Josh Bryant and Alex Mine competing across the different age groups.  They had a very successful day with a number of top ten finishes.  Well done in particular to Finn who placed 1st in the U17 Boys, with Tony 3rd.

Our Winning Horse

Congratulations to Charlotte Ramsey who entered her first equestrian show and came away with a very successful weekend and a swag of ribbons on our College horse, Tui.  Well done Charlotte!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week- was celebrated within classes and at our assemblies this week. The strong message was two fold - being proud of our Maori culture as it is unique to New Zealand and being genuinely prepared to work effectively with the Maori language as a tool for use in our careers. As Principal it is critical that I model the use of the Maori language, but it is even more important that students take ownership for their personal learning. To support this, the Prefects organised an inter-house quiz focusing on the meaning of a range of Maori works. Thank you to the Prefect Leaders who helped create this activity.

Congratulations to our Polyfest group for an awesome performance at assembly followed up by an equally inspiring effort on the stage at the formal event in Dunedin last evening. 

As we approach the end of term examinations for seniors, it is important that we understand their importance. These "Mock Exams" are the only way that a student who is sick or injured on the day of the actual examination can receive a derived grade.  Every year we find students who find their circumstances require them to fall back on the Mock Exam results. Sadly, many do not have the grades they would like because they did not prepare adequately. I would ask Caregivers to talk about this with students and not accept the argument that it "will not happen to me". Thanks for your support with this.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal